Tag: communication

Practice Makes Perfect

We’ve all heard this before – “practice makes perfect”. Usually the adage is applied to playing an instrument or a sport or something of that nature. But have you ever applied it to your people skills as a leader? Leadership skills, like athletic or musical skills also need to be honed. In a post on

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Taking Ownership

A certain element of leadership has really been on my mind today. The element of taking ownership not only of your mistakes but of your problems. Too many times we push our problems onto others and blame the situation on something they are doing. In some cases, it may be a problem that is a

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What a Leader Should Never Say

As leaders, we expect that our employees, our team members, will listen and take value in what we have to say. By that same note, we need to make sure that what we are saying is actually of value and is helping those people be better at what they do and at who they are.

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Company Culture overcoming Leadership

Have you ever worked in a place where the culture is so important that everyone becomes almost lemming-like? Though a company’s culture is extremely important, it is also wise to stay in touch with reality and not be overtaken by the influence of the all-powerful culture. On the Leadership Training blog, author Bill Stinnett wrote

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Leadership Skills: Presenting

In today’s post I will review an article that resonated with me because, frankly, I have a presentation to give this week and it’s making me a bit anxious. Reading this article gave me some great tips on how to master this inevitable occurrence that we come across as leaders – the dreaded presentation. On

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Great Reads for Thursday Nov. 3rd

As you know, I usually review one article per post but today I have read so many that I want to share links to them all so you can enjoy as I have. There is a lot to learn out there. Grow from these wise words… “Refocus on People” from Dan Rockwell on the LeadershipFreak

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Changing Yourself to Deal with Difficulty

As leaders, but even just as workers in the “real” world, we all experience difficult situations that make us react negatively. Is it as easy as think positive thoughts to deal with those situations? Blogger Tony Schwartz wrote today on the Fast Company leadership blog about the ways we can change ourselves in order to

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Leading from Example: Delta Airlines

Many times I find that the best ideas for improving my leadership style and methods come from the example of others. And so it is beneficial to occasionally stop and look around to take in what others are doing that makes them successful. In his post today, author Art Petty wrote of his recent experience

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A Leadership Sandwich?

Have you ever heard the metaphor of the sandwich in regards to confronting a coworker? The idea is that you start and end the conversation with praise in order to make the negative bit easier to bear. But does this actually accomplish what is desired or needed? In his article today on the Leadership Training

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Loving Where You Work

I was taken today by an excellent article on Fast Company.com’s leadership blog by Tony Schwartz. In the article, he discussed what makes a job great and what makes us love where we work. As leaders, not only does it matter to us what creates a great work environment for ourselves but also for those

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